A synonym is a word that means the same, or almost the same thing, as another word.

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“brake the rules” vs “break the rules”

In a shop I have found a T-shirt with the sentence: "Brake the rules" (not "Break the rules"). Is it correct?
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A good substitute for “developed a disease”?

The words contracting or catching a disease mainly refers to the communicable ones. If the disease/condition is a slowly developing one, then what would be a good substitute for "developed?" ...
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Can I use distinctive as a synonym for sharp? [closed]

There was a sharp rise in prices-There was a distinctive rise in prices Is it correct?
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A poetic/literary term for “Ice Age”? [closed]

Is there a poetic/literary term for "Ice Age" (besides "glacial epoch")?
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Synonym for 'learnings'

What is a synonym for the term 'learnings', as in 'learnings from a research project'? I thought of 'conclusions', but I am looking for a broader term.
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“Omni-relevant” alternative?

I'm coding a database, and in that database I have a set of players. Players have attributes, but only some of these attributes are relevant for all sports. Is there a nice, shorter term for ...
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Synonym for “like a dragon” or dragon-like (dragonish?)

Is there any word that comes to mind if you were to see a statue that is very like a dragon? The first ideas I had were dragonoid, draconoid, draconian, and draconic, but save for draconian none of ...
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“Regression” in a positive sense

I'm looking for a word that means returning to the past or embracing old values, but words like "regression," "retrogression," and "atavism" all seem to have negative connotations attached to them. ...
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“Kick off tracking time in the notepad” means start making notes or stop making notes

I'm not sure for 100% if "Kick off tracking time in the notepad" means to start or, otherwise, to stop tracking time in the notepad. Could anybody explain? Thank you.
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Word between “proficient” and “mastery”? [duplicate]

I'm writing a résumé for the first time and I want to convey that I have a near-mastery of a programming language. Most sample resumes use "proficient", but that sounds like I'm not very good with the ...
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How do you call an informal person who runs parties, weddings, organizes games during parties?

it is similar to dj, but I don't mean night clubs or music only. What is the general word for a person who directs the crowd during a party, announces things? Toast master is one word. Show runner? ...
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What's the phrase for reading a website “cover to cover”

How do I describe having read a website completely, 'cover to cover'?
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“No less than” vs. “None less than”

Is the expression none less than similar to the idiom no less than? Which form is preferable to use in the following example: None less than the country's president attended today's meeting. OR ...
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What's the best word for someone that is not an Optimist or a Pessimist? [closed]

What's the most appropriate word for someone that's neither an optimist or a pessimist? Lackadaisical? Disinterested? EDIT: What I was going for was someone who is neither optimistic or pessimistic ...
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Pertinent versus relevant- what's the usage difference [duplicate]

According to various dictionaries, relevant means having a bearing on the matter at hand. Pertinent means “relevant to the matter at hand. Similarly, impertinent can be irrelevant. ...
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Word for “dark” with positive connotation

What word in English would convey a lack of light in a positive manner? I am specifically wondering what the Empire would have called "the dark side of the Force" if the Star Wars story were told ...
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What is the English synonym for the German word “Sparmeister”?

Well, the title pretty much says it all. A Sparmeister (noun), briefly speaking, is a person who is concerned about his finances and tries to avoid spending money whenever possible. a ...
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A word that means “a focused person” [closed]

I am looking for a word which sums up the idea of "a focused person."
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What is an equivalent to saying “for the purpose of this essay”? [closed]

I cannot think of another formal way to say "for the purpose of this essay." The following sentence shows some context: For the purpose of this essay, it is not necessary to dwell any further on ...
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What's a good word for the way an aperture closes?

I'm working on my story for NaNoWriMo (naturally) and I've just had one of my characters pass through a hole. It closes behind him, but I want to evoke the image of an aperture closing. As in, ...
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“Don't look a gift horse in the mouth” synonyms

I always wondered the meaning of this phrase, until I stumbled across this thread. That knowledge is nice, but the saying itself is now pretty antiquated. Responses for modern equivalents?
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What's a synonym for “ready to ship”

We have a service that essentially dropships products for merchants, but most of them don't know what that means. We've found better results with the phrase "ready-to-ship products", yet this too ...
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Less formal synonym for “Confirmed”, “Acknowledged”

I'm looking for a less formal synonym for "Confirmed" or "Ackowledged", that retains some brevity. As an example, say I've received an e-mail from my manager asking me to switch to a different task. ...
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What is the negation of “last”? [duplicate]

If the opposite of "last" is "first", is there a word for the negation, i.e. non-last element in a list?
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Is there a word or concise phrase for “alternative name for something”? (but not pseudonym or alias)

Question Is there a word or concise phrase for "alternative name for something" which doesn't have the associated negative connotation that pseudonym and alias have? It has to be short so as to fit ...
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“I'm migrating to Australia” or “I'm immigrating to Australia”? [duplicate]

I am confused as to which is the correct way of saying I am migrating to Australia OR I am immigrating to Australia Which one is appropriate?
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Words without simple synonyms

Is there a word or concept that describes words lacking simple (e.g. less pretentious, less technical, less subjugating) synonyms, or more generally words without single-word synonyms. I'm looking for ...
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a term for a “not web” traditional application

I am writing a cover letter and I would state my experience in both web application and "normal programs". "Normal programs" sounds so bad, what is a good term that I can use without delve into ...
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What are good alternatives to: 'dramatically lowers the barrier to entry for' [closed]

I'm sick of hearing the phrase 'dramatically lowers the barrier to entry'. Please help the world out by suggesting a simpler phrase or word to use instead.
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What is a more formal way of saying “get certifications”?

I would like to create a sentence, in which I express, that I have (successfully) gotten a few certifications, but I feel like this sounds too informal for a letter of application. Has anyone got a ...
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What's the difference between “to brag” and “to boast”

Sometimes these words are used interchanged in just two consecutive sentences, therefore I don't expect there to be a big and obvious difference. Nevertheless, since people use the English language, ...
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I'm looking for a word like “routing out” that also describes a “blind gamble”

When my old dog and I had a regular local park, upon entering, she used to immediately run through all the bushes, hoping to flush out any squirrels. She didn't know if there were any squirrels ...
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What is the difference between supposed to and meant to

It is because it was always meant to be so. It is because it was always supposed to be so. What is the difference between meant and supposed? There must be more but all I can deconstruct ...
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Distress vs anguish

Is there any difference between the words (nouns) distress and anguish? They seem to be quite similar.
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Another phrase for 'Here I was' [closed]

In conversation, we often say Here I was, followed by A, and B, and then something like, but .... used in contrast. This form of expression does not seem to translate well to the written word. ...
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A word for breathable in the spirit of potable and edible

What would be the appropriate choice to use instead of breathable in line of edible and potable?
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“being edited” or “in process of editing” or “in edit” in one word

I am not originally English speaking. How can I tell that something 'is being edited right now' with just one word? Thank you.
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What is another, specific word for being full from food? [closed]

I'm not really satisfied with what the thesaurus is giving me. Full, stuffed, and satiated don't quite taste right in the context I'm using. Any suggestions?
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Usage/meaning of “brattery”

Looking for translations of room for children I found the word "brattery" along with the word "nursery", which I believe is most commonly used for children's room in a house. Is "brattery" still in ...
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Can “probability” be used interchangeably with “rate”?

In a document about a barcode reader, I came across an expression "scanning probability" to indicate the percentage of successful reading of barcodes by the barcode reader in question. I would use ...
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Irradiate, illuminate and shine to mean “throw light”

All the three words are used to mean "throw light" in a document explaining principles of a barcode reader which I am checking. They are all used in sentences to explain "Throw LED to barcode". I ...
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Word for a “Male Mistress”

Is the male version of a mistress, a mastress? It's a term I would use, but I don't know if it is just slang or if it is formal... P.S. I mean a male that sleeps with a married woman (love, not ...
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What is the difference between “to view” and “to see”?

Could you provide some usage examples when they both can be used and some in which only one of them is appropriate? In particular, which is better between "you can come and see the house" and "you can ...
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Can I use the word “compensate” to mean “adjust to correct” something?

I am wondering if I can use the word "compensate" to mean "adjust to correct" something in a document for a programming/mechanic related subject? E.g. Can "position compensation of target objects" ...
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Suitable usage of “cultivated”? [closed]

Here is the scenario: An actor is not so good looking but he cultivated a personality that no one can disapprove of. Is the sentence right? Can you suggest better synonym of "cultivated"?
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Stingy, miserly and frugal: what is the difference in usage?

Could you please provide an example sentence for each adjective so that to show a situation when only one of the adjectives may be used while the others may not? The thing that confuses me most is ...
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How would you say 'stalked forward'?

The sample sentence I want to say is "The wolf stalked forward slowly, towards him. Nostrils flared, it growled menacingly" I know the sentence structure is not proper but I'm not able to combine the ...
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What term describes the replacement of a full description of an object with a reference to one of its specific features? [duplicate]

What term in literary analysis describes the process in which we replace the full description of an object with a reference to just one aspect of it, e.g. 'It is a Rembrandt' instead of 'It is a ...
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Persecute vs. prosecute [closed]

Could somebody outline the difference in meaning and usage of the verbs: prosecute and persecute? Thanks,
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What's a less obscure word for “sinecure”?

I'm writing a message which will go out to a global community, so I want to keep the vocabulary relatively straightforward. I'm describing a job which previously has been a little vaguely-defined, but ...